Dr Jamal Uddin MSci PhD AMIMA

Dr Jamal Uddin

School of Mathematics
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics

Contact details

School of Mathematics
Watson Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jamal Uddin is a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics.

Jamal’s primary area of interest in Fluid Mechanics and in particular the stability of flows with a free surface. He also has an interest in investigating non-Newtonian flows with applications to industry. He is a member of the Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Chemical Engineering and also works closely with the Doctoral Training Centre in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Modelling.

He is also very keen to take mathematics to a wider audience and regularly gives popular talks at local schools and colleges.

Jamal's School webpage contains notes and other useful information for students.


  • PhD in Mathematics, University of Birmingham, 2007
  • MSci in Mathematics, University of Birmingham, 2004


Jamal graduated with a M.Sci in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Birmingham in 2004. He went on to study for a PhD in Applied Mathematics in the breakup of liquid jets. After the completion of his doctorate he took up a Research Fellowship in Hydrodynamics at Birmingham and began teaching undergraduate mathematics. In 2009 he received the Excellence in Teaching Award for his innovative style of teaching undergraduates. Towards the end of his fellowship he was appointed as a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics in 2010.

Jamal teaches Asymptotics and Chaos and is regularly involved with organising the departmental seminars.


Semester 1

LI Mathematics in Industry

Semester 2

LM Non-linear Waves

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Supervisor to 6 PhD students and 2 M.Sci students.


Research Themes

  • Fluid mechanics
  • Free surface flows
  • Non-Newtonian fluids
  • Fuel cell modelling
  • Industrial Mathematics

Other activities

Associate Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.


Recent publications


Alhushaybari, A & Uddin, J 2021, 'Convective and absolute instability of falling viscoelastic liquid jets surrounded by a gas', IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics (Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications), vol. 86, no. 1, pp. 58-75. https://doi.org/10.1093/imamat/hxaa027

Alhushaybari, A & Uddin, J 2020, 'Absolute instability of free-falling viscoelastic liquid jets with surfactants', Physics of Fluids, vol. 32, no. 1, 013102, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5133627

Alhushaybari, A & Uddin, J 2019, 'Convective and absolute instability of viscoelastic liquid jets in the presence of gravity', Physics of Fluids, vol. 31, no. 4, 044106. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5089242

Marston, J, Toyofuku, G, Li, C, Truscott, T & Uddin, J 2018, 'Drainage, rebound and oscillation of a meniscus in a tube', Physics of Fluids, vol. 30, no. 8, 082103. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5038662

Decent, SP, Părău, EI, Simmons, MJH & Uddin, J 2018, 'On mathematical approaches to modelling slender liquid jets with a curved trajectory', Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 844, pp. 905-916. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2018.221

Alsharif, AM, Decent, SP, Părău, EI, Simmons, MJH & Uddin, J 2018, 'The trajectory of slender curved liquid jets for small Rossby number', IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics. https://doi.org/10.1093/imamat/hxy054

Sands, JD, Uddin, J & Needham, DJ 2016, 'Current oscillations in solid oxide fuel cells underweakly humidified conditions', Journal of the Electrochemical Society, vol. 163, no. 8, pp. F856-F862. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.0701608jes

Afzaal, MF & Uddin, J 2016, 'Nonaxisymmetric disturbances in compound liquid jets falling under gravity', Physical Review Letters, vol. 94, no. 4-1, pp. 043114. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.94.043114

Henry, D, Uddin, J, Marston, JO & Thoroddsen, ST 2016, 'Stability of an unsupported multi-layer surfactant laden liquid curtain under gravity', Journal of Engineering Mathematics, vol. 99, no. 1, pp. 119-136. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10665-015-9824-8

Sands, JD, Uddin, J & Needham, DJ 2015, 'A fundamental model exhibiting non-linear oscillatory dynamics in solid oxide fuel cells - The effects of fuel stream humidification', Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, vol. 69, no. 1, pp. 83-113. https://doi.org/10.1093/qjmam/hbv020

Afzaal, MF, Uddin, J, Decent, SP & Alsharif, AM 2015, 'Effects of gravity on the breakup and instability of a viscous compound jet', Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, vol. 48, no. 34, 345501. https://doi.org/10.1088/1751-8113/48/34/345501

Alsharif, AM & Uddin, J 2015, 'Instability of viscoelastic curved liquid jets with surfactants', Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, vol. 216, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnnfm.2014.12.001

Afzaal, MF, Uddin, J, Alsharif, AM & Mohsin, M 2015, 'Temporal and spatial instability of a compound jet in a surrounding gas', Physics of Fluids, vol. 27, no. 4, 044106. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4918345

Conference contribution

Mokhtar, NFM & Uddin, J 2015, Influence of internal heat source on double-diffusive soret induced convection in a binary fluid. in ICREM7 2015 - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Research and Education in Mathematics: Empowering Mathematical Sciences through Research and Education., 7357032, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), pp. 88-92, 7th International Conference on Research and Education in Mathematics, ICREM7 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25/08/15. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICREM.2015.7357032

Review article

Mansoor, MM, Marston, JO, Uddin, J, Christopher, G, Zhang, Z & Thoroddsen, ST 2016, 'Cavitation structures formed during the collision of a sphere with an ultra-viscous wetted surface', Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 796, pp. 473-515. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2016.229

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